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President's Notes VII.6
September 28, 2017
This morning we held our 2nd annual Founders' Day of Service in honor of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston. More than 400 students and employees participated in service projects as near as the Highland Forest behind Regis and the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, to as far away as the Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School in Lawrence to help tutor their students. We were on kitchen duty at St. Francis House in Boston, sang during mass with the Sisters at Bethany Health Care Center, served brunch to cancer patients and their families at Hope Lodge, sorted children's clothing at Cradles to Crayons, gave blood, played with the children from our Children's Center, and packed birthdays in a box for homeless children. It was a fulfilling morning of giving back to our neighbors. Our students have been doing a lot of that as you will see from entries below.
Regarding our outreach efforts to those effected by recent hurricanes, we have been in contact with members of our community in and from Puerto Rico. I'm happy to report that all are safe, including one of our board members, a UG admission rep and family members of our students, faculty and staff. As you've heard from news reports, the island is completely devastated. The Center for Ministry and Service is working with students on a collection drive for Puerto Rico during Regis Fest this weekend. And there are bins around campus collecting money for hurricane victims, organized by the Serving Thy Dear Neighbor club. I sincerely appreciate our students' activism.
We are continuing to monitor these situations very closely. Members of our community are reminded to seek assistance if needed. The Center for Ministry and Service is always happy to assist anyone in need. We continue to keep those affected by these terrible natural disasters in our prayers.
A group of students helped out last Saturday at the 19th annual Samaritans 5K run/walk for suicide prevention in Boston. Pictured here are Casey Mackay '21, Bridget Gill '21, McKenzi Hammond '19, and Kelsi Mercer '18. McKenzi said the experience "was so humbling to see all of the support and love at the walk."
The field hockey team participated in last Sunday's Jimmy Fund Walk, where they lent a helping hand by volunteering at one of the water stations along the route. The walk has raised over $120 million for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s fight against cancer.
Members of the cross country team volunteered last Saturday at the Donna Froio DeLena Memorial 5k, in honor of Donna Froio DeLena who is the late aunt of track and field sprinter Cassie Froio. Proceeds from the event go to the Donna Froio DeLena Memorial Scholarship Fund which provides scholarships to deserving Malden High School band members.
Recently, the Learning Commons hosted the men’s and women’s tennis teams and the men’s basketball team. The athletes were engaged in an active listening activity to help them explore strategies for better listening and communication. The Learning Commons staff received some nice feedback including, “Asking questions helped us out, and it will help us on the court and in the classroom” and “This was a fun way to bond with my teammates.”
Yesterday the swimming and diving teams participated in a nationwide Tread-A-Thon with 48 other teams hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for "Most People Treading Water at the Same Time in Multiple Locations." The event is part of the International Water Safety Foundation’s focus on raising awareness about the global drowning pandemic, building a culture of learning to swim, and preventing drownings. Read the full story here.
FACULTY AND STAFF
Congratulations to my Special Assistant for Mission Mary Lou Jackson who was honored for her civic engagement efforts at Trinity Catholic Academy and other organizations by Coaching4Change, an organization that partners with schools to provide high quality after school learning opportunities for youth in low-income communities. Their inaugural gala took place last Saturday at Stonehill College.
Congratulations to Dean of Nursing Diane Welsh who co-authored an article that was published in National League for Nursing's peer-reviewed research journal Nursing Education Perspectives. The article, titled "Continuing the Creativity and Connetions: The Massachusetts Initiative to Update the Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies," can be read here.
And Kelley Tuthill, VP of Marketing and Communications, was honored with a Jimmy Award at the Jimmy Fund Classic golf tournament on Monday night. The Jimmy Award was established in 1983 to honor celebrities who have, over the years, committed themselves to the mission of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. These extraordinary honorees have demonstrated their dedication to cancer research and the care of children and adults across New England and beyond through their endless support, encouragement, guidance, and friendship. Congratulations Kelley!
Shari Harding, assistant professor of Nursing, was quoted in an article on Medscape regarding Instagram and depression. Medscape is an online global destination for physicians and healthcare professionals that offers the latest medical news. For those of you who are registered with the site, you can view the article here. Shari also recently completed the Certified Addictions Registered Nurse Advanced Practice exam and is now dually certified in advanced practice psych mental health and addictions nursing, thanks to a Regis Faculty Development Grant.
An article by Steven Threlkeld, associate professor and Neuroscience director, was published in Nature’s Scientific Reports last week. You can read the article, "TrkB-enhancer facilitates functional recovery after traumatic brain injury,” here. The data from our neuroscience lab, reflected in figures 5-7, sets the stage for the next four years of research sponsored by our NIH grant. Congratuations Steven!
I had a lovely visit with Sister Consilio Fitzgerald and the members of Cuan Mhuire, the largest addiction treatment center in Ireland. We met with several residents and staff members to discuss ways we can collaborate. As you may recall, we gave Sister Consilio an honorary degree this past May. A special thanks to chair of the Board, John Tegan, for sponsoring the trip.
The next edition of President’s Notes will be out on September 28th.
Antoinette M. Hays, PhD, RN
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